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Old 08-02-2016, 07:27 PM   #15
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Haven't really tried it. Not needed for us.
Hi Courtney,

A question about AC and activities. I live in North Carolina, this past weekend my kids and some nieces and nephews talked me into a camp trip to one of our local State Parks... mistake on my part. Tent camping in 100F is miserable. With plenty of fluids, we managed it, but that brings me to my question - If you need AC, is it too hot to be in that area of camping for activities, like hiking or biking?

I'm looking at a Scamp and figured the vent fan would suffice, since I will probably go to areas with comfortable temperatures to be outside hiking... so wouldn't a vent fan be enough in a fiberglass trailer?

Sorry if this question is silly. As I see a lot of responses with AC as a must. Curious about folks' experiences and outdoor activities and the need for AC.

Thanks
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:59 PM   #16
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Dave...I'm not Courtney...but let me throw out 2 or 3 points to think about. What IF you decide you want to go camping in the 70-80's?? We did at Mc Farland in Florence, AL this past spring. Humidity is the problem..not necessarily the temp-- for US anyway!

You're in a 13' camper where with two people, the temp rises FAST...more so than your house, or a larger trailer. The average human even sleeping can give off as much as 250-300 BTU's...more if stressed and humidity stresses me out!! Even when it seems cool outside, there's been times we've turned on the A/C to not only bring down the temp...but again... the humidity.

And for me, we've had our two kids with spouses/grand kids to come up- winter OR summer for that matter. Wife and I will at times use our Scamp and the A/C is SUPER handy then.

Not trying to influence anybody but I AM one of those "must have" for A/C's. FWIW, mine also has the heat strip.

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Hi Courtney,

A question about AC and activities. I live in North Carolina, this past weekend my kids and some nieces and nephews talked me into a camp trip to one of our local State Parks... mistake on my part. Tent camping in 100F is miserable. With plenty of fluids, we managed it, but that brings me to my question - If you need AC, is it too hot to be in that area of camping for activities, like hiking or biking?

I'm looking at a Scamp and figured the vent fan would suffice, since I will probably go to areas with comfortable temperatures to be outside hiking... so wouldn't a vent fan be enough in a fiberglass trailer?

Sorry if this question is silly. As I see a lot of responses with AC as a must. Curious about folks' experiences and outdoor activities and the need for AC.

Thanks
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:46 PM   #17
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Dehumidifying makes sense

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...You're in a 13' camper where with two people, the temp rises FAST...more so than your house, or a larger trailer. The average human even sleeping can give off as much as 250-300 BTU's...more if stressed and humidity stresses me out!! Even when it seems cool outside, there's been times we've turned on the A/C to not only bring down the temp...but again... the humidity.
Thanks Darral for the information on a 13' FG camper. Having no experience, I would have thought it not an issue with that size trailer and humidity. Living in NC has taught me the need to dehumidify.

And you are exactly right, often the outside temperature is comfortable, but I have the AC going and a ceiling fan spinning to help with the house - humidity.

What brought the question for me, was a post about Ohio and too hot with a FG camper. I grew up in Ohio, no AC, and I was comfortable. There's always a few days in August, sometimes July, where the humidity gets a little high - most of the time we had a humidifier going in our house, to add moisture. So I was puzzled by the post about the FG camper needing AC in Ohio.

I plan to head north in the Summer, and explore the South in the Winter. Good to know AC is needed, even for Ohio, where I will spend some Summertime camping
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:06 PM   #18
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BBQ Dave, we too like the a/c....being in Georgia and camping in the N GA and TN/NC mountains to the coast of GA/FL anytime between May and September A/C is a welcomed luxury for our little camper for humidity as well as elevated temps in the hotter months. We could do without it but that is one of the reasons we chose to get a camper vs tent camp as I have for many years before.
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Old 08-02-2016, 10:19 PM   #19
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100F not fun in a tent

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...we too like the a/c....being in Georgia and camping in the N GA and TN/NC mountains to the coast of GA/FL anytime between May and September A/C is a welcomed luxury for our little camper for humidity as well as elevated temps in the hotter months. We could do without it but that is one of the reasons we chose to get a camper vs tent camp as I have for many years before.
John I hear you. And though I plan to be up North during Summertime, It's possible I may be in those areas you mentioned, during Spring and Summer months - AC makes sense.

I like to hike and bike, so I always plan camp trips for those activities (comfortable temps) and it's not been a problem with the tent. But camp plans change, and it's nice to have a cooling option
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Old 08-03-2016, 01:01 AM   #20
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Living in NC has taught me the need to dehumidify.
What brought the question for me, was a post about Ohio and too hot with a FG camper. I grew up in Ohio, no AC, and I was comfortable. There's always a few days in August, sometimes July, where the humidity gets a little high - most of the time we had a humidifier going in our house, to add moisture. So I was puzzled by the post about the FG camper needing AC in Ohio.
I plan to head north in the Summer, and explore the South in the Winter. Good to know AC is needed, even for Ohio, where I will spend some Summertime camping
My early years were in SW Michigan like you in Ohio. As a little kid we didn't know the humidity was anything but normal. As an adult we know it can be a problem for comfort. From where you're saying you plan to camp and live in NC I can't see why you're even questioning not having AC. To me that's like saying I don't need to carry a spare tire as I may never need it. Never needed a spare in over 50 years, but I had one. The AC on any of the RVs I've had never got used much but I was certainly glad it was there when I did need it. During any long power outage it was sure nice to sleep in the TT with the air running off the generator. OK, that's my 2 cents worth .
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:37 AM   #21
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BBQ.... Mr. Borrego makes a VERY good point. While alot of people will blast A/C (especially if it's roof mounted) saying for example: expensive, top heavy, taller, makes the inside ceiling 2" lower, waste of money.....

Well, I remember what my Dad always told me about things like this, "If you can afford it, you'll have it if you need it. BUT, if you dont get it and need it, then you'll always wish you had!" Sure...that's a luxury but for me, so is my RV'ing in general.

I give this morning as a perfect example. I live in Middle Tennessee. Just this morning before going to work, wife and I walk out on the deck to sit down a few min at apx 7:30am. Wow....yeah.... 76 deg...cool...right? The humidity was right at 90%!!!! No way I could sleep comfortably in that...been there and done that. I know...again critics will jump on this and say "What if...." well what if NOT?

Sorry for the mini soapbox but again brother Borrego just brought to mind some things again boosting the reason for A/C.... that is if you're having ANY thoughts about "maybe I should".

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My early years were in SW Michigan like you in Ohio. As a little kid we didn't know the humidity was anything but normal. As an adult we know it can be a problem for comfort. From where you're saying you plan to camp and live in NC I can't see why you're even questioning not having AC. To me that's like saying I don't need to carry a spare tire as I may never need it. Never needed a spare in over 50 years, but I had one. The AC on any of the RVs I've had never got used much but I was certainly glad it was there when I did need it. During any long power outage it was sure nice to sleep in the TT with the air running off the generator. OK, that's my 2 cents worth .
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:33 PM   #22
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BBQ....that was probably me you're talking about. I should say at night in my area in Ohio it gets down in the 60's so we don't run the AC and it's very comfortable. But alot of camping spots we stay at don't have shade and when you're talking about 90+ temperatures outside during the day with high humidity you really don't want to hang out in your fiberglass camper.

2 weekends ago we had two fans pointing at us with all windows and roof vent open in 98 degree temps and they just blew hot air that feels like you're in a convection oven and we were still sweating just sitting there, lol. Needless to say I put the AC on and even with the sun beating down on the Scamp I got cold, so it was definitely a trip saver.

I'm actually out camping now and despite it being 92 out we didn't up our AC because we are at the lake with a nice breeze and a fan in the Scamp is actually sufficient. Without the cross breeze and occasional cloud cover I would probably be running the AC, but right now it's just sitting in the trunk of the car. So it really depends if you'll have shade or a breeze, not so much the temperature whether you'll be needing AC or not.
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:21 PM   #23
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...out camping now and despite it being 92 out we didn't up our AC because we are at the lake with a nice breeze and a fan in the Scamp is actually sufficient. Without the cross breeze and occasional cloud cover I would probably be running the AC...
Thanks Rob and all for the experiences with (and without) AC. The question is already answered for me, my wife says no trailer without AC.

In my mind, I still plan on trips to cooler seasons. But I recognize I'm not a kid anymore, and memories of Ohio (as a kid) would not be the same as an older adult... and heat & humidity.

And I can already see situations of hot (but tolerable) days of hiking and biking - and then appreciate sleeping in a (AC) cooled trailer
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And I can already see situations of hot (but tolerable) days of hiking and biking - and then appreciate sleeping in a (AC) cooled trailer
I think that's the best part of having AC. Especially after you take a shower and are able to sleep in a cool camper without feeling all sticky again from the humidity.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:42 AM   #25
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A question about AC and activities. I live in North Carolina, this past weekend my kids and some nieces and nephews talked me into a camp trip to one of our local State Parks... mistake on my part. Tent camping in 100F is miserable. With plenty of fluids, we managed it, but that brings me to my question - If you need AC, is it too hot to be in that area of camping for activities, like hiking or biking?



I'm looking at a Scamp and figured the vent fan would suffice, since I will probably go to areas with comfortable temperatures to be outside hiking... so wouldn't a vent fan be enough in a fiberglass trailer?



Sorry if this question is silly. As I see a lot of responses with AC as a must. Curious about folks' experiences and outdoor activities and the need for AC.



Thanks

I'm all about activities in the heat, as long as I stay hydrated


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Old 01-17-2017, 09:43 AM   #26
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Darryl, the thermostat works by remote control on the front of the unit. Kind of stupid, since you can't adjust it from the outside. Might rig up something for that. . . .
They make IR wireless remote extenders. Put the transmitter in front of the remote and receiver by the unit. $28 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/BAFX-Products...7WKMHBSYDR69EQ
Here is a wired one for $10 on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Aketek-Infrar...6REG7MEVCCX623
USB powered $3 on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5V-IR-Infrar...0AAOSwjDZYdv5n
Run the wire through the vents and ducts, put the receiver on the vent frame.
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